Do not know much about architecture, but I am a big fun of NEO Classical Architecture in Churches. Its purest form in style was derived from Classical Greece and Rome – very Baroquish (Baroque in short). At the back of the church, also lies an old cemetery. Blast from the past!
Lovely day spent with my brother…
History of Peñafrancia Church, please go here.
Camarines Sur Tourism Guide, please go here.
LRV AGRI-SCIENCE FARM & RESORT
What a well spent day out with family! As always, those unexpected trips are the most fun ones. Plus, no rain and the sky is as blue as you can get…
My sister-in-law suggested LRV Agri-Science Farm Resort in San Bernardino, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. Surprised again!!!!!!!!!!! Just like the Stonehouse Garden Resort in Mt Isarog. So I took my brother, his wife, a family friend and my nieces with me.
LRV Agri-Science Farm is an eco-friendly fully functioning agri-tourism resort and it was founded on November 4, 2010. It was set for an advocacy and promotion of agri-tourism projects to increase the sustainability of livelihood programs for surrounding communities.
For peaceful and tranquil pursuits there are a couple of swimming pools, fishing lagoons and boating lakes. Outdoor leisure and activities also include family picnics, bonfire sites, river rafting, surf biking, kayaking, fishing and it provides pathways for walking, jogging and cycling. How can you beat that…..
We will surely come back but this time we will rent a cabana and spend the night in the agri-farm resort!
For inquiries, Contact The Village @ San Bernardino at:
San Bernardino, Calabanga, Camarines Sur
(054) 698-3511· 698-3128
STONEHOUSE GARDENS RESORT
A private rain forest resort
Since I have one month left before I come back to Manila, I said why not make the most of my time here in Bicol. I heard about this resort through google and by my hike to Malabsay Falls Mt Isarog. So made an effort to wake early and asked my sister to take me to the base of Mt Isarog. Walked the trail to the resort and as soon as I entered, I was mesmerized by its beauty. To top it all, I was the only guest there. I had the pool, the 11 acres of rain forest, farm and gardens to myself. What made my day really special was the hospitality of the owners. They gave me free lunch which I did not expect. Plus, produce from their organic farm. I only planned a day outing but wished I stayed overnight. I did not wanna leave but I have to travel to Legaspi in two days so I promise them, I will be back but will stay there for three days longer to explore the rain forest and more.
Happiness all day!
Please feel free to visit their website Stone House Gardens
The pictures were taken by the camping site. You could see me smiling all the way. Nature gives me that I am in heaven feeling.
By this time, the boys were hungry, thirsty and tired from the trek. Filipinos when they go for an outing – food and drinks is included. Well, not me…The lighter the better. Bringing your home with you is such a hassle.
Thinking where to go next..Perhaps Caramoan Islands..
Buying some drinks for the me and the gang……
buying 1 kilo avocados – You know what that is for? Avocado smoothie. …Yummy!
Fresh produce from Mt Isarog National Park
A Nipa Hut in the camping site
A rooster in the camping site
This is part two of my trek to Malabsay Falls.
Malabsay Falls, approximately 40 ft. high scenic wonder is located on the slope of Mt. Isarog in Barangay Panicuason, Naga City.
Going down to where the falls was definitely more challenging that I taught it was. We had to walk on narrow and steep pathway. I was thinking of going by myself but thanked God, I decided to take the 4 gang of boys with me. Seeing the falls after the long walk was a truly a rewarding feeling. I was planning to go swimming with my bathing suit but chose not to. I dived immediatly to the falls even with clothes on. Who needs to be all glam up anyway?
To have a clear picture of the magical place, here are some of the shots that I took of the place from the step of the rain forest down to the falls:
Enjoy and click away!
Love the pic with the goat (Kambing) looking at me. We were heading down from Malabsay Falls when we saw a herd of goats (Kambing in Filipino). I got really excited because this is the first time I saw wild farm animals in Mt Isarog besides a Carabao. This is not Africa so to see something like this in the Philippines is truly magical. Well, at least for me.
My trek to Malabsay Falls
Mount Isarog National Park harbors rainforest, endemic wildlife, waterfalls and is also home to nomadic Negrito (Agta) tribes people. I will write about my encounter with an Agta Tribe later on.
Mt. Isarog, an inactive volcano, rises in the heart of the province of Camarines Sur, the central part of the Bicol Peninsula. It is the highest forested peak in Southern Luzon. The Philippine government declared it as a national park since 1938 to preserve the pristine rainforest in the area for the enjoyment of local and international tourists.
I took my brother, my nephew and two other guides with me. The weather was cloudy and it rained while we were in the falls. The trip also took back memories of my childhood. Our parents would take all of us to visit this majestic mountain from time to time. According to my father, during the Japanese occupation, the soldiers would trek this mountain to go to the falls to shower.
I only paid P50 for the entrance fee for the five us. (Only a little over a dollar) How cheap is that!